Thinking Out Loud

August 22, 2012

Wednesday Link List

  • He didn’t originate it, but the above graphic was found at Tony Jones’ blog who discusses the topic-we-haven’t-done-here involving a fast food restaurant we-haven’t-named-here.  Tony has another link here, too. 
  • Our top link today is to one of the blogs by Camille who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and writes on how to be a blessing to friends with chronic illnesses.
  • No link on this one, but there’s a guy who comments on several blogs I read under the name Eagle, who came down with a mystery illness a few weeks back. It was so good to see how the blog community came together to encourage him and pray for him and keep one another updated.
  • We took a week off from the link list last week only to have Clark Bunch encourage his readers to visit the link list that wasn’t here. So from our Returning-The-Favor Department, here’s a link to The Read and Share file at The Master’s Table.
  • My wife and I find so many church-based ‘friendships’ are really task-based and disappear when the project ends or people change churches. So I liked this quote: “People frequently think they have friends at work—or church or the tennis club or any location where like-minded people gather—when in fact what they have are ‘work neighbors.’” The rest of the article is more for women and those middle-aged, but I liked that ‘work neighbors’ concept.
  • Worship leaders not only articulate theology but in a real way they also shape theology. So they really need to know of what they sing. Zac Hicks explores this with advice for both musicians and pastors.
  • Jim Henderson talks about the thesis of his book The Resignation of Eve in the light of a new report from Barna Research about the role of women in ministry.
  • Bring your church bulletin to a restaurant on Sunday and get a discount. Seems like a fairly typical promotion, right? Well, a complaint has been filed with the Pennyslvania Human Rights Commission for just that special offer.
  • In other protest news, the man who symbolically burned a box of cereal on the front lawn of General Foods died a few days later.
  • The replacement for the “Touchdown Jesus” statue on Interstate 75 is just about ready to be put into place; and this time it’s fireproof.
  • Did I mention Phil Vischer’s podcast lately? Seriously, you need to listen to one of these; you’ll be hooked on the series. Here’s the one where his guest was his brother Rob Vischer though honestly, Episode 13 is much funnier. So you have a choice: serious or silly.
  • Cross Point’s Jenni Catron guests at Outreach Magazine suggesting that in church leadership, red tape was made to be cut.
  • How small is our God? Richard Beck counterpoints the ‘Your God is Too Small’ rhetoric with a piece about finding the small-ness of God.
  • There are definitely more than five things belonging to the realm of mystery in theology, but for C. Michael Patton, these are the major ones. (We might use this at C201 today, too!) 
  • Twenty years after his death, Christianity Today provides a lengthy tribute to the influence of Christian musician Mark Heard.
  • Meanwhile, at a venue quite familiar to Mark Heard, The Choir performs a final song on the final night of the Cornerstone Festival.
  • And here’s a 5-minute recap of the whole event
  • If you find yourself in remote parts of Africa, James Brett wants you to know how to build a rocket stove.
  • Oops!-I-Said-It-Again Department: Pat Robertson stands by guys who won’t date a woman with three adopted international children because in Pat’s view they might grow up weird or have brain damage. Russell D. Moore goes appropriately ballistic in response. “This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil.” (I think his co-host would be wise to quit after this incident.)(Pat’s not Russell’s; Russel doesn’t have a co-host.)
  • The oft-cynical Naked Pastor, aka David Hayward pledges his new blog will be the up-side to his popular blog’s rants.  And the blog Pastor Jeff’s Ramblings announces that he is shutting down the blog, and then, a day later announces the start of Pastor Jeff’s Reviews.
  • Below, one of several new panels at Sacred Sandwich:


  1. 1. Thanks for the link love.
    2. The legal case in PA seems to be on pretty shaky ground, but I could see a better case eventually coming around. A city in Arizona is being sued after a church – one woman in particular – was told to quit handing out free water.
    3. Really loved the post on building a rocket stove, and shared it with my friends who frequently travel to Africa for mission work.
    4. This list opens with a cartoon about Chick-fil-A and closes with a cartoon by Sacred Sandwich. Wait for it…

    Comment by Clark Bunch — August 22, 2012 @ 6:55 am

  2. Thank you very much for the link :) If I may ask, how did you happen to find my blog?

    Comment by Camille — August 22, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    • Hi Camille!

      Sometimes I can’t remember where the links come from, but in this case I do: Strengthened By Grace is in both my personal bookmarks and the Thinking Out Loud blogroll at right. I monitor about 200-300 blogs a week, and saw the reference to yours and thought it might be helpful to someone.

      But then you ended up at Christianity 201 on the same day; which is a bit of a record for us!!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 22, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

      • Yes, that makes sense. Strengthened by Grace is my dad’s blog, and he linked to my post today, so that makes sense :) I don’t know how some of you bloggers sort through that many blogs in one day! I’m doing fine if I can update mine once… :)

        Comment by Camille — August 22, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  3. […] on August 22 Paul at “thinkingoutloud” properly castigated me on his “Wednesday Link List” for allegedly stopping to blog at […]

    Pingback by Michael Jordan, Brett Favre (not the texting), maybe Michael Phelpls, and me or “Eating Humble Pie” « Pastor Jeff's Ramblings — August 31, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

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